Why is it important to look after the skin on our body as we would our face?
The same rules should apply to your body as the face.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and it goes beyond the face. Although the skin on our face is exposed to more environmental stress and damage, our body requires protection, hydration and nourishment. Many people suffer from dehydrated skin on their bodies, as well as keratosis pilaris (commonly known as strawberry skin) which causes tiny bumps and rough patches. We want the skin on our body to be hydrated, clear and even in texture.
Why do you think body-focused skincare, which has long been ignored, has now sprung to the forefront of the industry?
As with many things in today’s community, consumers are taking a more holistic approach to skincare. During the height of the pandemic self-care became a priority and part of that understanding was that the skin on our body is just as important as that on our faces. What we use on our skin is consumed just as the food we eat and our all natural, certified cosmos organic range has all the benefits without the nasties.
What differences are there between the skin on your body and face? How does this affect their skincare needs?
Whilst we may think skin is skin, it’s not the case. There are specific areas of the body that show signs of ageing (similar to the face) such as the hands and décolletage, but overall the skin on our body tends to be thicker and not as sensitive in most cases. This means the skin on our bodies can handle richer creams and oils and can typically tolerate higher doses of active ingredients.
What role does scent play in body care?
When developing our body products we were mindful that as a gender inclusive brand our scent profile needed to have broad appeal and took the less is more approach. We believe that what is chosen as a scent should also have active benefits to the skin. This is why we focused on citrus based oils for both their scent but also their antioxidant and antibacterial properties.
What are some key ingredients we should be looking for in regards to hydration?
Avocado is the perfect base for a skincare range due to its vitamin & mineral profile and its ability to act as a carrier of other actives and antioxidants deep into the dermis. Naturally containing 11 vitamins & 14 minerals, avocado is a complete skin food that promotes overall skin health and vitality. Avocado’s high levels of oleic acid helps stimulate protein chains that promote collagen production & strengthen the skin barrier.
Our other favourite ingredient for hydration is Wild Plum Harvest. This bioactive complex is composed of three indigenous Australian plums; Illawarra, Burdekin and Kakadu. As an antioxidant, Wild Plum Harvest stimulates hyaluronic synthesis leading to short and long term hydration and strengthening of the skin matrix.
Can you share any unexpected ways to apply oil (or the best way)?
The best way to apply body oil is straight after showering or bathing, and ideally while the skin is still damp to lock-in hydration. A little goes a long way. Drop oil all over the body and gently massage into the skin using long upward strokes. Let oil absorb before dressing. If you’re not showering, you can also mist your skin with water to dampen skin before applying.
How can we turn our body care into a ritual to enjoy that is still feasible to incorporate daily?
Many people skip body care as there’s a perception that it’s time consuming and inconvenient. However, it doesn’t need to be a daunting task -keep it simple. Oneway to incorporate body care into your routine is to think of it as part of your daily self-care. Right before your morning shower, dry brush the skin starting at your feet and brush upward toward the heart -this will energise you, it’s the perfect start to the day. Follow with a shower, and apply body oil straight after.